Faculty and Staff Information for Campus Reopening for UWM at Washington County and UWM at Waukesha

The UWM College of General Studies (CGS) priority is the safety of students, staff, and the community. Each employee, student, and community member has an important role to play in maintaining a safe environment. Read UWM’s Health and Safety Policy here.


The full UWM College of General Studies Reopening Plan is available here.

CGS is committed to creating a safe environment on its campuses.

  • Faculty and staff will monitor their health daily and not enter campus grounds if sick.
Waukesha County Testing Information

COVID-19 testing at the locations listed below are available to Wisconsin residents ages 5 years or older, and for individuals who work in Wisconsin. All tests will be conducted at no cost to individuals. Those getting tested do not need proof of insurance, proof of identification, a referral to be tested, or a primary care physician.

RAPID TESTS/ANTIGEN TESTS: The current turnaround times for COVID-19 test results is typically 3-7 days in Waukesha County. No rapid testing sites are available to the public at this time in Waukesha County. Contact your primary care physician’s office to discuss options, or, reference the information on this web page.

  • Regional Testing Site at the Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Rd, Waukesha. The Wisconsin National Guard will administer the tests.
    • Mondays & Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fridays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
       14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
      November: 2, 4, 6, 9, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 30
      December: 2, 4, 7, 9
    • Date Exceptions: The National Guard will not be testing on Wednesday, November 11 (Veteran’s Day), Wednesday, November 13, or Friday, November 27 (Thanksgiving holiday).
    • Tests will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Individuals will wait in line in their vehicles and follow instructions at the site.
    • Pre-registration is strongly encouraged at: https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov. This site is also available in Spanish and Hmong through use of the dropdown menu.
  • Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Rd, Waukesha.
    Village Primary Care Providers will administer tests.

    • Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Tests will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Individuals will wait in line in their vehicles and follow instructions at the site.
    • Pre-registration is strongly encouraged at: https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov. This site is also available in Spanish and Hmong through use of the dropdown menu.
  • Waukesha Free Clinic will administer tests in the parking lot of the Carroll University Community Services building, 237 Wisconsin Ave, Waukesha.
    Tests will be available as either drive-thru or walk-up.

    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12 – 4 p.m., and alternating Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
    • First, individuals will need to pre-register at: https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov. This site is also available in Spanish and Hmong through use of the dropdown menu.
    • Second, individuals will need to make an appointment at: https://forms.gle/bLaCvhiN4gFGxDvy8.
    • Student volunteers from the Carroll University physician assistant and nursing programs will help with testing as part of their coursework in community medicine.

For more information, see https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/testingsites

Washington County Testing Information

Free COVID-19 testing available for Wisconsin residents ages 5 and up. Users are strongly encouraged to complete the registration/screening process beforehand by using COVIDConnect. On-site registration is also available. 

  • Testing if first come, first served and limited to about 300 individuals a day.
  • Wisconsin National Guard will not be testing on November 11 (Veterans Day), as well as November 26-29 in order to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • ​Washington County Testing – Washington County Fair Park, 3000 Hwy PV, West Bend, WI 53095
    • October: 13, 20, 27
    • November: 3, 10, 17, 24
    • December: 1, 8
    • 11AM-7PM
  • Froedtert West Bend Health Center, 1711 Paradise Drive, West Bend. Appointment is required. (in-network only)
  • Ozaukee County Testing– Ozaukee County Transit Services, 410 S. Sprint St., Port Washington, WI 53074
    • October: 17, 31
    • November: 7, 14, 21
    • December: 5
    • 9AM-5PM
  • Testing should be of no cost to WI residents. You may be asked to provide your insurance information.
  • Tests are usually PCR (polymerase chain reaction) swabs. Call your provider for more details.
  • For additional COVID-19 testing information visit: IMPACT 2-1-1

For more information, see http://www.washozwi.gov/

  • Faculty and staff should check for COVID-19 symptoms daily.
  • Faculty and staff will wear face coverings/masks while indoors. Face coverings/masks must cover both the nose and mouth. Some exceptions to this face mask rule exist.
  • Faculty and staff will maintain six-foot physical distance, space allowing.
  • Faculty and staff are expected to follow safety guidelines on UWM branch campuses.
  • Faculty and staff will report symptoms identified with COVID-19 to their respective representative (protocols and contact info is under development and will be in place by semester start).

Academic Calendar

UWM’s academic calendar will not change. Classes will begin September 2, 2020, and end on December 23, 2020.

  • It is highly recommended that instructors teaching face-to-face courses with experiential learning components (e.g., labs, performance, studio arts, etc.) front-load the experiential components as much as possible in order to meet course learning outcomes earlier in the semester in the event public health conditions warrant closing one or more campuses.
  • A recommended target date for completing a course’s experiential learning components is Thanksgiving break, which starts November 25, 2020.
  • Lectures may continue face-to-face or online after the completion of the experiential component.

Course Preparations

Instructors teaching face-to-face courses should be prepared to transition courses to online or remote learning opportunities. It is understood that some courses, especially those with experiential components, may not have online alternatives. If this is the case, these expectations should be communicated in the syllabus and verbally to students at the very beginning of the semester. Instructors of courses with in-person components (hybrids and face-to-face) must be prepared to provide students not able to attend the in-person class sessions 6 of 15 with learning opportunities that allow for students’ successful completion of the course and learning outcomes.

Other course preparations include:

  • Instructors are required to load course content, grade books, and other course essentials into Canvas prior to or soon after the semester start.
  • A back-up instructor will be assigned to each course and given access to the Canvas course.
  • Additional guidance to instructors will be communicated through departments, Dean’s Office, and Provost’s Office. The Provost’s Office will provide standardized syllabus information for all instructors to include in their syllabi.

Classroom Protocols

Classroom capacities are being changed to limit occupancy to allow for six-foot physical distancing.

  • Seating will be marked to indicate safe seating patterns. Instructor spaces will be marked on classroom floors to provide visual clues to safe distancing.
  • Classroom ingress/egress protocols may be implemented depending on enrollments and the space characteristics.
    • For classrooms with doors in the back, students should fill seats at the front of the classroom first from the center of the row to aisle, then fill seats toward the back of the classroom.
    • The opposite applies to rooms with doors at the front of the room.
  • Rooms with two doors may have Entrance Only/Exit Only signage.
  • Students will be expected to maintain physical distancing when queuing for class and during ingress/egress.
  • Each individual is responsible for cleaning one’s space before and after use.

Meeting Protocols

To maintain a safe environment, most meetings should be conducted virtually.

  • Meetings with less than five individuals can be in person if conducted in a space allowing for suitable social distancing. Masks must be worn.
  • To the extent possible, instructor office hours and student conferences should be conducted in a virtual environment.
  • Instructors and students with experiential components should follow the appropriate protocol established for those courses, labs, and spaces.

Staff Mailrooms and Common Areas

Staff mailrooms and common areas (e.g., break rooms) will remain accessible.

  • Appropriate physical distancing and group-size guidelines apply. It is highly recommended that the mailroom and break room occupancy be limited to one person at a time.
  • Signs stating occupancy limits will be posted at entry points. Doors to these rooms will remain open to minimize contact with surfaces.
  • Each individual is responsible for cleaning one’s space before and after use.
    • Pick up of mail and packages will be available from 108 at WSH & A118 at WAK or Southview mail room.
  • Some furniture will be removed/relocated to facilitate social distancing.

TRiO and Academic Success Centers

TRiO and both Academic Success Centers (ASC) will serve students face-to-face and virtually. TRiO and ASC will have limited staff and hours.

  • Math and Writing tutoring at Waukesha and Washington County:
    • Campus math tutoring will be held in-person in the WAK ASC and the WSH ASC.
    • Campus writing tutoring will take place virtually. Face-to-face writing tutoring will be available by appointment.
  • TRiO Student Support Services:
    • TRiO math tutoring will be offered in-person in the ASC at WAK and in the TRiO Center at WSH. Online TRiO math tutoring will be available by appointment.
    • TRiO advising, writing tutoring, and academic coaching at both Waukesha and Washington County will continue online until it is safe for all students and staff to return to campus.

Diversity Centers

Diversity Centers will be open and staffed by students up to four hours per day, coinciding with when most campus-based classes will be held. Each Center will have occupancy limits, based on the respective space.

  • We do not plan to offer programming in the Diversity & Pre-College Center at Waukesha.
  • The staffed time would likely be limited and focused to M-Th (2-3 days).
  • At the Waukesha campus, Millie Wenzel will continue Pre–College programming virtually through 2020.


Bookstores on each campus will have in-person and online operations.

  • Each Bookstore will have posted occupancy limits and social distancing signage for in-person shopping.
  • Students can order books online and have contactless delivery at the campus or by mail.

Continuing Education Operations

UWM CGS Continuing Education serves a wide variety of constituencies, including many who have heightened risk factors themselves or within their families. To best protect the ability of our UWM CGS community to participate in Continuing Education instruction and activities, participants and staff must follow all UWM Covid-19 guidelines which include:

  • CE in-person events will be developed and conducted so that social distancing and safety guidelines can be maintained.
  • CE Offices will be open, but with capacity limits.